UT System Board of Regents

Education
2:35 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

Cigarroa Tells Powers to Resign or Be Fired

Clockwise, from top left: State Rep. David Simpson, R-Longview; University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers; House Speaker Joe Straus; state Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie; and University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall.
Credit Bob Daemmrich / Marjorie Kamys Cotera

University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa has asked University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers to resign ahead of the Board of Regents’ July 10 meeting or be fired at it, multiple sources confirmed to The Texas Tribune on Friday. The sources said Powers informed Cigarroa in writing that he will not resign, but is willing to discuss a timeline for his exit. 

UT-Austin officials said they could not comment on any private conversations between Cigarroa and Powers. Neither Powers nor Cigarroa could immediately be reached for comment. 

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UT Board of Regents
12:10 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

In Letter to UT Board Chair, Hall Says He Won't Resign

Bob Daemmrich/Texas Tribune

University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall, who was asked to resign last week by the chairman of the board of regents, sent a letter to the chairman on Monday saying he does not intend to do any such thing, according to Hall's lawyer.

At Thursday's board meeting, chairman Paul Foster said that Hall could take "a selfless step to benefit the UT System" by stepping down from his post. According to a system spokeswoman, as of Monday afternoon, Foster had not yet received Hall's letter responding to his comments.

Last week, a legislative committee had agreed that grounds exist to impeach Hall, who has been scrutinized for conducting personal investigations of the operations of the University of Texas at Austin that some have characterized as an abuse of his office.

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UT Board of Regents
4:32 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Travis County Opens Criminal Investigation of UT Regent Wallace Hall

The Travis County District Attorney’s office is opening a criminal investigation of University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall.
Bob Daemmrich, Texas Tribune

University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall is now the subject of a criminal investigation.

The Public Integrity Unit of the Travis County District Attorney’s Office has opened an investigation into Hall after receiving a complaint from a legislative committee considering impeachment proceedings against the regent.

Hall is accused of improper handling of student records as part of extensive open records requests of UT-Austin documents. Critics have accused Hall of conducting a "witch hunt" on behalf of Gov. Rick Perry to oust UT-Austin President Bill Powers.

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UT Board of Regents
9:14 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Report Cites Possible Grounds for Hall's Impeachment

A group examining whether UT System Regent Wallace Hall overstepped his boundaries has found potential grounds for impeachment.
Bob Daemmrich, Texas Tribune

There could be grounds to impeach University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall on at least on at least four different counts, according to a report by the special counsel to the legislative committee that has been investigating the controversial gubernatorial appointee.

The report, which was obtained by the Tribune on Monday night on the condition that it not be published in its entirety, is the handiwork of a team led by Houston attorney Rusty Hardin, which reviewed more than 150,000 pages of documents and sat through dozens of hours of interviews and testimony before the House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations during the second half of 2013.

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UT System
1:12 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa Steps Down

UT Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa announced Monday he is resigning to head pediatric transplant surgery at the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio.
Marjorie Kamys Cotera, Texas Tribune

After five years, Francisco Cigarroa announced Monday morning that he is stepping down as University of Texas System Chancellor. 

Cigarroa says he's leaving to head the pediatric transplant surgery department at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio.

"It really ended up being a very personal decision as to what is my next role in life?" Cigarroa said at a press conference Monday morning. "What’s the next mountain I want to climb?"

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University of Texas
8:14 pm
Sun February 9, 2014

Sources: Cigarroa to Step Down as UT Chancellor

UT Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa at the House Select Committee hearing on Dec. 18, 2013
Credit photo by: Bob Daemmrich

Francisco Cigarroa, the chancellor of the University of Texas System, will announce Monday that plans to step down to become the head of the pediatric surgery unit at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, three sources tell The Texas Tribune.

Cigarroa's intention to resign his post was first reported late Sunday by the Austin American-Statesman. A Sunday release by the system said Cigarroa and Paul Foster, the chairman of the Board of Regents, will appear together at a Monday morning news conference at which the chancellor will make a "special announcement."

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Politics
2:13 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Report: Regent Didn't Violate Student Privacy Laws

UT Regent Wallace Hall
Bob Daemmrich/Texas Tribune

After reviewing University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall's handling of information that may be confidential under federal student privacy laws, outside lawyers for the system have concluded that there was "no credible evidence of a violation of [the state government code] that would warrant a referral for criminal prosecution."

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UT Board of Regents
8:19 am
Thu December 12, 2013

UT Regents Put President Powers' Job On the Agenda: How We Got Here

UT Austin President Bill Powers' job is up for discussion during the UT Board of Regents executive session Thursday. It's the latest development in what's become a standoff between state leadership.
flickr.com/thetexastribune

The UT Board of Regents is expected to discuss the employment of University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers during its executive session today. It’s the first time his employment has been placed on the agenda for discussion – and the latest development in what’s become a power struggle among state leadership.

The scene: boardrooms, committee chambers or behind closed doors. The characters: men who hold power in the Texas capitol, or the UT Tower. But how did the situation get to this point?

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University of Texas
4:30 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

UT Regents to Discuss Employment of Bill Powers

The job performance of UT-Austin President Bill Powers, seen here in 2011, will be the subject of a closed-door discussion by the UT System Board of Regents this week.
Nathan Bernier, KUT News

The University of Texas System Board of Regents plans to discuss the employment of University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers during a closed-door executive session at its board meeting on Thursday.

Powers' job at the flagship university, which he has held for nearly eight years, has been believed by some to be in jeopardy since the appointment of new board members in 2011. Multiple board meetings have been preceded by rumors of his impending ousting, but the speculation has consistently proven incorrect.

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Education
2:21 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Committee Won't Look Into UT Regent's Call to Alabama Coach's Agent

A legislative committee mulling items of impeachment against UT Regent Wallace Hall says his call to Nick Saban’s agent won’t figure in the committee’s investigation.
KUT News

A legislative committee investigating University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall will not consider recent allegations claiming Hall abused his powers by talking to a sports agent about replacing UT football coach Mack Brown.

Reports surfaced last week that Hall spoke to an agent for Nick Saban, the football coach for the top-ranked University of Alabama, in January. Former UT Regent Tom Hicks was also on the call. Hicks then asked Brown if he wanted to retire, but Brown said he did not.

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Politics
8:55 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Tension, Anxiety Are Backdrop of UT Regents Meeting

Gov. Rick Perry greets UT Regents head Gene Powell in this July 16 photo. The Board of Regents meets for two days starting today.
Bob Daemmrich, Texas Tribune

As the University of Texas System Board of Regents convenes for its annual August meeting Wednesday and Thursday, a gathering fraught with tension and anxiety is all but assured.

The nine regents have been bathed in controversy for more than two years, and — despite racking up a number of accomplishments, including the creation of a major new university in South Texas — have only managed to sink deeper over time.

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Politics
4:51 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Committee Weighs Impeaching UT Regent: How We Got Here and What's Next

A view from the 40 Acres to the State Capitol. The fight between UT's Board of Regents and the legislature is widely seen as a proxy fight between Bill Powers and Gov. Perry.
flickr.com/jasonunbound

Update: The Texas House Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations met Monday to discuss an investigation that could lead to impeachment proceedings against a University of Texas System Regent.

The committee is tasked with deciding which articles for impeachment it could possibly bring against Wallace Hall. But at a committee hearing, lawmakers found there's little historic precedent to guide the process. According to Jeff Archer with the Texas Legislative Counsel, there have been few attempts to impeach a public official in Texas and there’s no definition or standard for what’s considered an impeachable offense. 

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University of Texas
8:42 am
Sat June 22, 2013

Pitts Working to Impeach Controversial UT System Regent

State Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, sits at his desk in the House Chamber on April 3, 2013. Pitts' HB 1 the Appropriations Bill will be heard on the House floor Thursday, April 4th.
Bob Daemmrich, Texas Tribune

Update (June 21, 3:26 p.m.): State Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, said Friday afternoon that his effort to unseat University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall is still very much alive in the last days of the session, and said he is confident he has the necessary support in the House. Aides to Gov. Rick Perry have been lobbying members to leave Hall in office, but Pitts said he's got the numbers right now.

Original story: The House's chief budget writer and a longstanding critic of the University of Texas System regents is attempting to launch impeachment proceedings against University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall.

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Medical School
12:33 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

First Look at UT Medical School: New Hospital on Red River, Erwin Center Could Be Demolished

UT's proposed medical school buildout could remove the Frank Erwin Center.
University of Texas

Update: The full University of Texas System Board of Regents has voted to move forward with a plan for the future of its flagship campus – including the medical school. The plan passed without discussion. 

Update (May 8, 11:51 a.m.): A committee of the UT System Board of Regents approved an update to the university's master plan, including plans for UT's medical school, new teaching buildings and more. The plan could eventually move the Frank Erwin Center.

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University of Texas
2:25 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Bill Addressing UT Regents Reaches the House

A bill reached the Texas House that would limit the power of university systems like that of the University of Texas's.
Daniel Reese for KUT News

A bill codifying and clarifying the roles and responsibilities of Texas' higher education governing boards, regents, systems and institutions has reached the Texas House of Representatives after passing the Senate.

House Rep. Don Branch, R-Dallas, gave his take on SB 15 to the Higher Education Committee.

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University of Texas
4:45 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

UT Regents Backtrack on Open Records, Investigation (Update)

UT Board of Regents Chairman Gene Powell, r, convenes the meeting with Chancellor Dr. Francisco Cigarroa on April 11, 2013.
Bob Daemmrich, Texas Tribune

Update: The UT Board of Regents' decision to release public documents to the Texas legislature didn't stop the state Senate from passing a bill that would limit the board's authority and require new regents to complete an ethics training course. The Senate passed the bill today. It now heads to the House for a vote.

Original Story (1:45 p.m.): The UT System Board of Regents voted Thursday to release all records requested by state lawmakers and ask the state Attorney General to conduct an investigation into the relationship between the UT Law School and the Law School Foundation

Last week, regents had considered withholding documents from the legislature. Regent James Dannenbaum says that was a miscommunication.

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Education
6:52 am
Thu April 11, 2013

UT Regents to Hold Special Meeting Thursday (Update)

The UT Board of Regents could vote Thursday on a variety of issues regarding the board's power and relationship with Texas lawmakers.
Daniel Reese for KUT News

Update: UT's Board of Regents is scheduled to meet this morning to consider whether to release investigative records to the Texas Legislature.

Texas lawmakers have been requesting the release of emails and other documents in a public standoff raising tension between the Capitol and the regents. 

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Education
2:34 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Zaffirini Bill Would Clarify Open Records Obligations

Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, on opening day of the 83rd legislative session, Jan. 8, 2013.
Todd Wiseman/Texas Tribune

State Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, filed a bill on Monday to clarify the open records obligations of state agencies, including — some would say specifically — the University of Texas System.

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Politics
6:56 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Senate Panel Votes to Limit Power of UT Regents

The struggle between UT administration and the Board of Regents continues at the Capitol.
Liang Shi, KUT News

A bill making progress at the Texas Capitol would limit college governing boards like the University of Texas Board of Regents, whose members have been criticized for “micromanaging” UT in Austin and President Bill Powers.

The bill approved today by the Senate Committee on Higher Education assigns to universities themselves all duties not specifically assigned to regents.

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University of Texas
1:20 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Is Perry-Powers Tension About College Rivalry, Policy?

The undercurrents of bickering between UT-Austin President Bill Powers and Gov. Rick Perry offers a gold mine for the conspiratorial set.
Nicolas Raymond / Todd Wiseman, Texas Tribune

Is this about Bill Powers or UT’s tower?

Tensions between Gov. Rick Perry’s administration and Powers, the president of the University of Texas at Austin, are rising, sucking up legislative time and pitting lawmakers, prominent alumni and higher-education critics against one another in a running argument over politics, rivalries and what a public university is supposed to be.

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